split all tracks at specific point

OS 10.13.6 Audacity version 2.2.2. I am new to Audacity and wish to split all tracks at the same precise point, but am having problems with the cursor. [How do I stop the green looping function from happening when I place my cursor in the top ruler area?] Looking for clear instructions to split and slide all tracks to a new position (leaving a gap).

That’s Timeline Quick-Play - it’s set “on” by default (it can be a very useful tool for finding pieces of audio - that’s why it’s on by default).

You can toggle that off/on by right clicking in the Timeline and disabling/enabling it.
See: https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/timeline.html

If you know the numeric time value you want then you can instead use the Selection Toolbar to set that value by typing it in the box(es).
See: https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/selection_toolbar.html


@AMN - many thanks for nudging me to take a closer look at those two pages in the Manual - it made me realize that they were perhaps not as clear as they could be or should be in regard to what you were asking about.

Accordingly I spent some time this morning updating those pages in the alpha Manual for the upcoming Audacity 3.0.0.

Here is a preview for you:

Many thanks, :slight_smile: :sunglasses:


The current version of Audacity is 2.4.2. It is available via the Audacity website: https://www.audacityteam.org/download/mac/

  1. Click on the blue waveform in any audio track at the point that you wish to split.
    (For greater precision, zoom in: https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/zooming.html)

  2. “Select menu > Tracks > In All Tracks” (“Shift + Ctrl + K”) to extend to all tracks.

  3. “Edit menu > Clip Boundaries > Split” (“Ctrl + i”) to split.